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Frankland Island Cruise and Dive - Great Barrier Reef Island Snorkel Day Tour

Join us for an unforgettable day tour to the incredible Frankland Islands on the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Scenic drive past a Rainforest and river cruise down the beautiful Mulgrave River to the Coral Sea
  • Cruise across the open ocean to the Frankland Islands
  • Enjoy the guided snorkelling tours! See a variety of colourful coral species, tropical fish, turtles and more
  • Explore the uninhabited island, enjoy a delicious pre-packed picnic lunch on the beach
  • Return with a cruise up the Mulgrave – your chance to spot a crocodile in the wild!

Step on board our luxurious boat the Turtle Islander at Deeral, just 45 minutes south of Cairns, for a spectacular calm water cruise down the Mulgrave River. Keep an eye out for crocs from the panoramic windows as you sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, or step out onto the shaded outdoor decks for a closer look. From the mouth of the river it is only 10km to the Frankland Islands.

The Frankland Islands archipelago is a natural wildlife haven and a protected national park. Beautiful Normanby Island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches, with rock pools and healthy fringing reefs which can be snorkelled from the beach. Here you have up to 4 hours to relax and enjoy, without the crowds.

Your day tour includes guided snorkelling from the beach, with equipment and instruction. For a limited time it also includes our popular adventure snorkel safari, snorkelling from the boat along the island’s western reefs. A buffet including prawns for lunch, morning and afternoon tea are also included in your tour. After lunch, join our marine biologist and Master Reef guide for a walk around the island, discovering the diverse wildlife that flourishes under the water, in rocky pools and in the rainforest. Choose from a range of optional extras to enhance your day (see below).

Tours are currently restricted to just 80 passengers per day. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself!

Your Day Trip includes:

  • Day trip to the Frankland Islands on a modern boat
  • Reef tax and levies currently included in the price
  • Free coach transfer from Cairns CBD accomodation
  • Spectacular 30-minute river cruise
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, all snorkeling equipment and guided snorkeling tour!
  • Up to 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Guided snorkel tour PLUS adventure snorkel safari
  • Island walk with marine biologist
  • Protection suits (seasonal)
  • Flotation devices
  • Morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea
  • Free car parking at the Deeral Jetty

Ferry Transfer Only Option

If you want the day on the Frankland Islands and self cater for your own needs why not book a Transfer Only option? Check out our other listing on Bookme by clicking Frankland Island Cruise and Dive at the top of the page

Free coach transfer option:

There is a free couch pick up taking you to the boat from Cairns CBD accomodation and designated meeting points in Cairns.

Self Drive option to departure point:

Tours depart Deeral at 8.30am and return at 3.30pm. Deeral is an easy 45-minute drive from Cairns – please allow time for the drive and check in at the vessel by 8.10am.

Enjoy outstanding customer service throughout the day, and plenty of time to explore a pristine Great Barrier Reef National Park island.

Optional Extras:(Payable on the day)

Certified Dive - $99

Wetsuit hire - $15 each

Snorkel gear $20

Kayaks/SUP $20

Prescription masks - $15

Meeting point: Meet at Deeral jetty for check in. 45 minutes’ drive south of Cairns.

Adult $199.00
Child $119.00 (Age 4-14 years old)
Adult Transfer Only $99.00
Child Transfer Only $69.00

What's included

  • Stinger Protection suits are available free of charge
  • Marine Biologist onboard to explain the Frankland Island's unique eco system
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included
  • Guided Snorkelling Tour
  • All snorkelling equipment and tuition provided
  • Local Fees included until December 31
  • Coach transfers from Cairns CBD accomodation



  • Meeting location approx. 45 minute drive south of Cairns at Deeral Jetty. Please nominate at checkout if you would like a free coach pickup from your Cairns CBD accomodation..

  • Child: Age 4-16 years old. Ages 0-3 years go free. .

Available Bookings from December 09 to December 15

Change Dates

All prices are shown in AUD ($)

Thu 9 Dec
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Wed 15 Dec

  • Adult$159.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$189.00
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$159.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$159.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Patrick McMullan from Australia wrote on 14 April 2021

A must do day out!

A fantastic day out to Frankland island, with an attentive, communicative and knowledgeable crew. The morning of snorkeling was a great experience; we felt both safe and informed throughout the day. Great choice of food for lunch followed by an informative and enlightening tour of the island from Michelle who was a highlight of the day for us - alongside the turtles and reef sharks of course! Would highly recommend to those visiting Cairns a must do day out.

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shaniw from Australia wrote on 09 February 2021

Amazing reef

First time on the Great Barrier Reef and we couldn’t have been happier! Great team, they were more than helpful with everything we needed. The reef was incredible! We got to see so many fish, coral, turtles and more. Just stunning! Thanks guys for the great day.

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Allie from Australia wrote on 30 December 2020


From the ease of booking to the fantastic customer service all day, nothing can compare with the location and the professionalism of the crew! We had an exceptional experience. Cheers!

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Jason Smith from Australia wrote on 09 November 2021

Great tour

Well organised tour and facilities for travellers looking for pick up / drop off, river cruise and snorkelling adventures with a high chance of seeing Sea Turtles and sea creatures. Great boat facilities and lunch was fantastic essentially on a private tour on Frankland Islands all by ourselves.

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lindylouise from Australia wrote on 14 October 2021

Perfect Day

Collected from our Cairns hotel and taken to the ferry on an air-conditioned bus. Driver was friendly and welcoming. 30 minutes sail down the river and then over to the island. The small island is pristine. The water surrounding it has many different hues of blue. This is the only tour I've been on that had such a professional level of safety, not obvious but there. On the snorkel tour ( a tender takes the group out past the tip of the island in the deeper waters) there was a lead guide and a rear guide and a watchful dinghy spotter. Lunch was a picnic style affair at tables under shade. We were delighted to go for another snorkel in the shallower area and had a long encounter with a large sea turtle. Great day !

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